World Cup, Olympics boosts for Asian rugby

Some of the players from Fiji's rugby sevens team speaking to Syabil Zaini, 14, at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital yesterday. They also gave presents and sang for the patients during their visit ahead of this weekend's Singapore Rugby Sevens a
Some of the players from Fiji's rugby sevens team speaking to Syabil Zaini, 14, at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital yesterday. They also gave presents and sang for the patients during their visit ahead of this weekend's Singapore Rugby Sevens at the National Stadium.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

With Japan hosting this year's Rugby World Cup and next year's Olympics where rugby sevens will feature for the second straight edition, Singapore is in a "fantastic situation" to aid the growth of the sport in Asia.

This is thanks to the Republic being awarded rights to a World Rugby Sevens Series leg until 2023, said World Rugby competitions operations manager Douglas Langley ahead of this weekend's HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens at the National Stadium.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2019, with the headline 'World Cup, Olympics boosts for Asian rugby'. Print Edition | Subscribe